SPC Supports Fiji’s Post-Flooding Agricultural Rehabilitation

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Secretariat of the Pacific Community Suva, Fiji May 23, 2012

SPC Supports Fiji’s Post-Flooding Agricultural Rehabilitation

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Land Resources Division (LRD) has joined Fiji’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to support flood rehabilitation work in Fiji’s Western division, the area that was badly affected by the recent floods.

Acting Director of LRD Mr. Inoke Ratukalou presented a check for FJ$50,000 to Col. Mason Smith, Permanent Secretary of MPI, in support of the rehabilitation work.

"Our support is for crop and livestock rehabilitation activities that are currently being undertaken to normalize the supply for local and export markets,’ said Ratukalou.

"Apart from this financial contribution, we stand ready to provide technical support to the MPI through a number of projects implemented by LRD, such as the European Union-funded Increasing Agriculture Commodity Trade project, the AusAID-funded Integrated Crop Management Project and others," said Ratukalou.

He added that, as part of its mandate to improve key agriculture services, LRD will receive further funding from the EU to support the Fiji sugar sector, especially in terms of intercropping.

‘This project will be supporting the development of seeds and planting materials at the research stations and private sector nurseries in the cane belt areas of Fiji," he explained.

Ratukalou also presented a check for FJD 10,000 to support Fiji’s Agriculture Show that will be held later in the year in the Western Division of Fiji.

On receiving both checks from the LRD team, Col. Smith expressed his Ministry’s appreciation for the timely assistance.

‘This contribution from SPC will go a long way in supporting our rehabilitation work, which is conducted in three phases: desilting of farms, land preparation and provision of planting materials.

"We are also looking forward to working with LRD in the sugar sector, especially in the area of intercropping, to boost the industry," he added.

Col. Smith thanked LRD for the contribution towards Fiji’s Agriculture Show. ‘I look forward to LRD’s participation in the show. It will inform the general public about the activities undertaken by LRD, not only in Fiji but in the region as well.’

The Agriculture Show with the theme Grow me Fiji will be held from 6–11 August in the Western Division of Fiji.

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